19th Annual Bonnie Harrell Parrot Head Charity Beach Ball
Thanks again to the Parrot Head Club of Tidewater. This sold out event was full of food, music, auctions and friends raising over $67,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association Southeastern Virginia Chapter. What a fantastic start to their Walk To End Alzheimer’s® fundraising! They are poised to be a top National Walk Team this year.
The night was kicked off by a great silent auction with over 200 items, all to the music of Mike Proffitt and Dana Silvercloud. Followed by the ballroom opening up with a sumptuous feast and music provided by TFC Band. Thanks to Wesley Peoples for being such an energetic auctioneer and to Joe Britton for being the Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Mark your calendars for Feb 4, 2017 because you don’t want to miss the milestone 20th year of this landmark event. See the rest of the photos from the event here, on the Chapter Facebook page.
Why We Walk: Parrot Head or Parrothead is a commonly used nickname for fans of singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett. He is best known for his music, which often portrays an “island escapism” lifestyle. His musical hits include “Margaritaville”, “Come Monday” and “Five O’Clock Somewhere.”
In 1994, Jimmy’s Buffett’s father, James Delaney Buffett, Jr. was stricken with Alzheimer’s disease and passed away at age 83 in May of 2003, several years after being diagnosed. It was then many clubs elected to do something as a tribute to Jimmy’s father. Our PHiP chapters not only support Alzheimer’s to honor Jimmy’s father but because we’re seeing this devastating plague insinuate itself into our own ranks.
In addition, we’d like to state PHiP Parrot Heads are unique. We take our fundraising responsibilities seriously, but at the same time we can add our own humor into the question Why We Walk as well as our own creativity into fundraising.
We invite everyone to join us as we Party With A Purpose for Alzheimer’s by donating to a participating chapter today! You leave this world a little better with the eradication of Alzheimer’s and having a blast while walking to end Alzheimer’s.